United Kingdom

August 2018

Pret A Manger (A-D)

By Rupert Merson

This case series takes us through the story of Pret A Manger, one of the first up-market sandwich bar chains in London. The series explores the founding of a business as an entrepreneurial venture and then its growth both nationally and internationally and the problems this brings. It touches on man...

August 2018

NakedWines.com

By John Mullins

Thanks to its somewhat whimsical yet measurement-driven culture, its unusual customer-funded business model, and its committed community of winemakers and wine 'angels', NakedWines had grown rapidly, from a standing start in 2008 to a substantial presence in three of the world's most attractive mark...

January 2014

Kweku Adoboli at UBS

By S. Wiley Wakeman, Celia Moore

The UBS case outlines how individual ambition and lax organisational standards and oversight can lead to consistent unethical behaviour resulting in a crippling loss at a large investment bank. Even though the industry had as recently as 2007 been subject to the ramifications of similar behaviour wi...

November 2012

innocent Drinks: Maintaining Socially Responsible Values During Growth (B)

By Celia Moore, Luis Fischer, Mike McCarthy

This is part of a case series. This case explores the process a social venture went through in raising funds to expand its business. The case focuses on the risks and opportunities of possible funding methods, and actions that can be taken to protect key values throughout the process. The case provi...

November 2012

innocent Drinks: Maintaining Socially Responsible Values During Growth (A)

By Celia Moore, Luis Fischer, Mike McCarthy

This is part of a case series. This case explores the process a social venture went through in raising funds to expand its business. The case focuses on the risks and opportunities of possible funding methods, and actions that can be taken to protect key values throughout the process. The case provi...

January 2013

Endomagnetics

By John Bates, Jeff Skinner, Oliver Rivers

The case explores the methodologies for valuing an early stage, IP based business. Endomagnetics is a university spin-off based on technology from University college London. By the time of the case the business has raised (and largely spent) a seed round and is about to raise ‘Series A’. The new...

January 2013

Eight19 (B) Azuri Technologies

By Jeff Skinner, Tom Ryan

Eight19 is a technology-based start-up company based on Cambridge Science Park. The company is developing a new (and very low cost) solar-panel technology aimed primarily at domestic use in developing countries. The case describes the issues faced by eight19 as it develops a business model for the n...

August 2013

Costa Coffee (B): Project Marlow

By Julian Birkinshaw, Ken Mark

This is part of a case series. The case focuses on how a senior executive assesses the opportunity to drive innovation in his division. Jim Slater, Managing Director of Costa Enterprises, is thinking about a management consultant's offer to build the next generation coffee machine for his division. ...

September 2013

Costa Coffee (A): A Proposal to Build the Next Generation Self-serve Espresso Bar

By Julian Birkinshaw

This is part of a case series. The case focuses on how a senior executive assesses the opportunity to drive innovation in his division. Jim Slater, Managing Director of Costa Enterprises, is thinking about a management consultant's offer to build the next generation coffee machine for his division. ...

August 2018

Andrew Thornton: Putting Heart into Business

By Randall Peterson

At the age of 42, in the midst of a successful and lucrative career as the owner of an international retail consultancy, Andrew Thornton realised he had nothing more to give to his business. He quit the agency in 2006 and used his buy-out money as a down-payment for two Budgens supermarkets in north...